Bukwo PDM officer collapses during council meeting, dies

One of the councillors who attended the budget conference said that the deceased collapsed as he was looking for a document to present before the council.

RIP: Elijah Masika Ndinyo

BUKWO, UGANDA: There was grief and shock in Bukwo District after a senior officer in charge of the Parish Development Model (PDM), Mr Elijah Masika Ndinyo collapsed and died during a budget meeting under yet-to-be-known circumstances.

Ndinyo collapsed on Wednesday afternoon just as he was about to present a status report on PDM implementation before the district council. He was rushed to Bukwo General Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

“He is no more. The doctor has confirmed this to us. It’s very painful,” a grief-stricken district speaker Ms Melisa Cheptegei told this reporter on Wednesday afternoon.

Ndinyo’s body was briefly kept at Bukwo hospital mortuary before a group of mourners stormed the hospital and took it away. The mourners marched with the body to the office of the RDC protesting and demanding for answers about Ndinyo’s sudden death.

Mr Fred Soyekwo, Bukwo town councilor said before his death, Ndinyo looked normal as he was seen going about his work.

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“He was meant to make a presentation about PDM in the council. So, after having breakfast, he went to pick his documents and returned to the council hall,” Mr Soyekwo said.

When the meeting resumed after breakfast, Mr Soyekwo said Ndinyo “started breathing heavily as if someone who was choking. He suddenly fell on the wall which caused alarm.”

“He started foaming around the mouth. We rushed him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.It didn’t even take 10 minutes,” Soyekwo who described Ndinyo as a hard worker, trustworthy and committed man, explained of the incident.

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“He was hard-working, loyal and committed to his job. It’s because of his integrity that he was trusted to oversee the PDM programme,” he said.

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